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Trail Cameras

  1. Covert Mossy Oak Camo MP8 Black LED MO Hunting Camera

    Covert Mossy Oak Camo MP8 Black LED MO Hunting Camera

    • Capture high-quality images and record HD videos
    • Illuminate the subject from a distance in Total darkness
    • Never miss a moment even when the memory is full with the overwrite memory function.
    • Set the preferred active times for the camera with the innovative start-stop function.
    • The 40-LED Infrared flash is discreet enough to not startle the subjects.
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    Our Price 109.99

    Retail Price: $169.99

  2. The Strike Force Micro Elite 10MP Trail Camera from Browning

    The Strike Force Micro Elite 10MP Trail Camera from Browning

    • Long battery life to capture 10, 000 images worth an entire season
    • Capture high-quality video and images for capture
    • Easy setup and simple programming for video and image capture
    • Impressive flash range to record a wide area
    • Fast trigger speed to capture the action as it happens
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    Our Price 129.99

    Retail Price: $179.99

  3. Spec Ops Full HD CamouflageTrail Camera from Browning

    Spec Ops Full HD CamouflageTrail Camera from Browning

    • Perfect to capture video of wildlife, as well as for security purposes
    • Excellent battery life
    • Camouflage and no glow recording allow for stealthy image and video capturing
    • Easy to set up and program, so you don’t waste your time
    • Different capturing options and wide range of view make sure you capture what you want
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    Our Price 179.99

    Retail Price: $219.99

  4. Spypoint 10 Mega Pixel I.T.T. Smart Trail Camera

    Spypoint 10 Mega Pixel I.T.T. Smart Trail Camera

    • Perfect for wildlife and Hunting  enthusiast
    • One button startup that allows you to swing into action right away
    • Features 36 LEDs that illuminate for total darkness recording
    • Offers several camera options changeable from the touch wheel
    • 10MP for sharp photos and 480p for explicit videos
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    Our Price 229.99

    Retail Price: $289.99

  5. Wildgame Innovations Vision 8 Trail Camera TruBark HD, Clamshell

    Wildgame Innovations Vision 8 Trail Camera TruBark HD, Clamshell

    • 8MP resolution captures super-sharp still images and videos
    • Motion-activated sensor with a rapid 1-second trigger speed ensures you don't miss a shot
    • Its 27-piece LED flash illuminates objects as far as 70 feet away
    • Vision 8 Camera is water and weather resistant to withstand the outdoor elements for extended durations of use
    • Trubark HD finish allows the camera to blend well with the surroundings so that subjects cannot recognize it easily
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    Our Price 99.99

    Retail Price: $139.99

Your Trail Camera Buying Guide: Breaking Things Down

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or are just concerned about trespassers who keep finding their way onto your property, a trail camera is one of the best investments you could ever make ‒ provided that you find the right model, that is. In the broad sense of what these particular types of cameras are designed to do, there are a few key things you’ll want to focus on.

Remember that, unlike a traditional camera, a trail camera is designed to be: a) discreet, b) autonomous and c) durable. You’re paying for all three of these things at the same time, so you need to make sure that any model you’re thinking of purchasing feeds directly back into these core elements.

The video display itself will play a big role in this ‒ meaning the screen that you use to actually control the device during the initial setup process. Many trail cameras come with a programmable picture display that lets you easily configure your settings, change from one mode to the next and more with just a few quick taps of your finger during the initial setup process. The presence of such a video display is key, because while it is often possible to properly configure your camera by connecting it to a computer, you may not always have the opportunity to do so. You don’t want to find out that you can’t make the changes you need just because you don’t have a desktop or laptop computer at the ready.

Battery life will also be a primary concern ‒ something that will be handled in a few different ways, depending on which model you’re interested in. Some models do come with built-in lithium ion batteries that will need to be recharged. This is convenient and ultimately cost-effective, but the downside is that you will eventually need to bring that camera inside to address power consumption. For a lot of people, a more viable option might be to purchase a trail camera powered by AA or AAA batteries. Some units can capture as many as 10,000 images over the course of a season or can record video for an entire month on a single set of batteries. Always investigate exactly how long those batteries are designed to last, so you know how long you can go without actually trekking out to the trail camera to make adjustments.

As is true with most cameras, storage capacity will also be a major concern when it comes to the viability of any particular trail camera model. Many units store images and videos on removable SD cards, which is nice because you don’t have to actually bring the camera inside to review what it has seen ‒ you just need to bring the card. Generally speaking, a 32-gigabyte SD card can record about 10,000 images at a resolution of about 10 megapixels. It can obviously store fewer HD videos, but it will still last quite a long time before the card itself is “full.” But storage is also one of those areas where you should always buy as much as possible regardless of whether you think you need it, so invest in a trail camera with the biggest capacity that you can find.

The Essential Features to Look For

In terms of the actual features to look for in a trail camera, the most important thing for you to do ultimately involves making sure that the technology in front of you actually lines up with your intentions for the device moving forward. You could give the same trail camera to two different people, and they could use it in two totally different ways ‒ this despite the fact that they’re both working with an identical piece of technology. Because of that, it’s important to start first with what you want to do and then work your way back to something that actually allows you to do it in the most-efficient and cost-effective way possible.

Because you’re looking for a trail camera and not a regular video camera, it stands to reason that one of your priorities involves making sure that the unit can record for as long as possible. In that case, you’ll absolutely want to look for something with an overwrite memory function. This essentially allows it to keep recording continuously, and if nothing happens that you want to save, it will “overwrite” older recordings to make room for new ones. At the very least, this will save you the burden of having to physically go out to the device and delete old recordings yourself or swap out the memory card with a new one every few hours or days or so.

Along the same lines, you also need to think about the type of footage that you’ll be recording and the environment that you’ll be working in. If you want to be able to record all day, every day, that also means that eventually you’ll need to see what is going on at night. Therefore, your trail camera should be able to illuminate any subject within a reasonable distance ‒ even in instances of total darkness. At the same time, you’ll also probably be recording a lot of animals ‒ so the camera can’t just have a spotlight on it, or you’ll probably startle every single one of them. Many viable trail camera options come with 40-LED infrared flashes, for example, that are powerful enough to continue to illuminate those subjects and are subtle enough to not startle them.

Because the camera is going to be outside, you also have to think about the weather. There’s nothing worse than buying a trail camera for a few hundred dollars only to find out that it was totally ruined after the first big rainstorm. Likewise, you shouldn’t have to nervously check the weather forecast every day to see if you need to run out to the location and bring your camera inside. Any trail camera that you choose to buy should absolutely come with a weather-resistant camera housing that is easy to mount on a tripod, high up in a tree or in similar locations. This particular point is absolutely non-negotiable ‒ the first time you experience poor weather, but your camera was able to keep going without skipping a beat, you’ll absolutely be glad that you made this a priority.

Finally, you’ll also want to think about the subjects themselves that you’re trying to capture. If you’re just using a trail camera to keep an eye out for intruders on your property, at the bare minimum, it should have some type of PIR motion sensor built in to allow it to start recording as soon as the action begins to unfold in front of it. This way, you don’t have to worry about wading through days’ worth of footage just to find that minute or two where someone happened to wander by. It’ll start recording as soon as a subject is detected and stop as soon as they’re gone ‒ saving you a huge amount of time and effort in the process.

But also, think about how fast animals can be ‒ even something as large as a deer can be there one second and gone even faster. Because of that, your motion sensor needs an incredibly fast trigger ‒ for the best results, try to aim for something that is 0.9 seconds or less.

Other features to look out for include options that allow you to set preferred active times ‒ meaning that if you want to record from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., you can configure this option once and then forget about it. As is true with all cameras, you also want to look for something with a very high resolution ‒ especially since you’ll often be shooting in total darkness. The higher the resolution, the clearer your subjects will become ‒ no matter how far they are from the camera or what time it happens to be. Look for something that can capture true HD video (meaning a resolution of at least 1080p, although these days, 4K is certainly preferred) and a still camera with a sensor of at least 13 megapixels.

Provided that you’ve kept these core things in mind, choosing the right trail camera will be a lot easier than you think. You’ll have a device that was tailor-made for your own particular intentions, meaning that you can worry less about what the camera can do and instead turn your attention toward finding new and innovative ways to put it to work for you.